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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

University of New Hampshire at Manchester


Interim Dean: Sally Ward
Associate Dean: Daniel W. Reagan


The University of New Hampshire at Manchester was established in 1985 as the University's sixth college to provide access to UNH associate, bachelor, and graduate degree programs for people who live and work in central New Hampshire. The college combines the tradition of liberal arts and professional degree programs with a focus on applied programs in business, science, and technology. The college offers students a rich, urban learning environment where they combine theory and practice. Through internships, capstone experiences, undergraduate research, and service-learning, students build portfolios that position them for continued success in their chosen careers after graduation. UNH Manchester is centrally located in Manchester's historic mill yard, where it has served as a catalyst for the revitalization of the city's downtown area and symbolizes the region's growth and diversity.

UNH Manchester Degree Programs

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UNH Manchester offers University of New Hampshire undergraduate degree programs in liberal arts, science, and technology. Each year more than 1,600 students who live and work in the Merrimack Valley region choose UNH Manchester for its range of educational resources and positive learning environment. The UNH Center for Graduate & Professional Studies is located at the UNH Manchester campus and offers UNH graduate degree and professional programs to working professionals in the region.

UNH Manchester’s small classes encourage interaction and collaboration between faculty and students and support educational excellence. A wide range of student activities and clubs provide students with opportunities to get involved, make friends, develop leadership skills, and enjoy a complete university experience. Students find a convenient, affordable university education designed to meet the unique requirements of commuting students. The University Center, located in Manchester’s historic mill yard at 400 Commercial Street, is convenient and easily accessible by major highways and city bus service.

Undergraduate degree students in Manchester earn the same UNH degree as their peers on the Durham campus. Students are required to satisfy University admission and graduation requirements, which include completion of at least 128 credits, a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade-point average, Discovery Program requirements[c1] , and[c2] , for the bachelor of arts degree, a foreign language requirement. The foreign language is not required in the bachelor of science programs.

Students also may pursue UNH associate in arts or associate in science degree programs full- or part-time with a choice of concentrations. Graduation requirements for the associate degrees include completion of 64 credits, a 2.0 minimum grade-point average, and an interdisciplinary core course. Those[c3]  students who complete the last 16 credits of the associate degree with a grade-point average of at least 2.5, earn a cumulative associate degree grade-point average of 2.5 or higher, and are recommended by their academic advisers are guaranteed admission to a baccalaureate program at the University in either Durham or Manchester. The University does not, however, guarantee admission to a specific college or program.

Selected graduate degrees from UNH also are available through the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. The UNH center for Graduate and Professional Studies offers post-baccalaureate programs for professionals in business administration, counseling, educational administration and supervision, public administration, public health, social work, teacher education, teacher leadership, and software systems engineering. Programs are offered in a wide variety of evening delivery models including our popular weekend MSW program. Most programs may be completed within two or three years on a part-time basis

The following academic minors are available at UNH Manchester for enrolled baccalaureate candidates. Further information may be obtained from the Academic Counseling Office, (603) 641-4170.

American Sign Language and Deaf Studies[c4] 

Communication Arts
Computer Information Systems
Political Economy
Political Science
Women’s Studies

Students entering the associate in arts program in general studies may prepare for transfer admission to many baccalaureate degree programs available through the University’s Manchester and Durham campuses. By working closely with an academic counselor, general studies students can select structured course plans or pre-majors that are compatible with almost every baccalaureate major.

Certificate Programs for Professional Advancement
UNH Manchester’s credit certificate programs are designed for individuals who want to enhance their credentials for a new position or to take the first step toward a college degree. The programs also meet the needs of working professionals with post-secondary degrees who need to expand their knowledge or update their skills.

Each program provides a concentrated learning experience in a specific subject area designed for students with varied educational backgrounds and experience.  The college’s accessible course schedules allow students to attend day or evening classes, full- or part-time.

Students must complete between 16 and 20 credits at UNH Manchester in their chosen program to earn a certificate. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or better in all courses. Some certificates require a minimum grade of C in each certificate course. 

A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who successfully meet program requirements. Individuals completing a certificate program will be invited to participate in UNH Manchester’s commencement ceremonies.

Individuals interested in enrolling in a certificate program for professional development must complete the enrollment form. The completed form and a $20.00 enrollment form processing fee should be submitted to the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at least 10 working days before the start of a semester or a summer session to ensure priority processing. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information or to request an enrollment form at (603) 641-4150.

Conflict Management in Organizations

Understanding the power and potential of conflict is an essential skill for everyone working in contemporary organizations.  This certificate program prepares students to manage conflict more productively among individuals and groups.  As a result of the in-depth study and hands-on applications of core intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and structural conflict management skill, students will be able to frame conflict more collaboratively, mediate differences, negotiate win-win solutions, and work with a variety of conflict styles. They also will learn how to design and implement many types of community forums and facilitate more effective meetings.


Choose four of the following:
CMN 457, Intro to Interpersonal Communication
CSL 204, Managing Change and Conflict in Communities
CSL 205, Communication within Communities
CA 508, Conflict in Relational Communication
CA 550, Special Topics:  Mediation and Negotiation


Chose one of the following:
CA 450, Introduction to Public Speaking
CA 506, Gender
CSL 201, Introduction to Community Leadership
CSL 292, Meeting Management
CA 611, Theories of Relational Communication


Community Leadership

The certificate in Community Leadership is designed for part-time students, with or without post-secondary degrees, who want to enhance their expertise in such areas as fundraising, recruiting and supervising volunteers, facilitating meetings, speaking in public, organizing events, and creating newsletters.  Students will combine academic inquiry and hands-on community outreach with intensive skill development.  This certificate prepares individuals who are either already experienced community workers or who are considering a career change for entry-level supervisory positions such as volunteer coordinator, grant-writer, services advocate, public relations and marketing assistant, community organizer, and lobbyist.


Select 16 credits from the following courses:

CSL 202, Introduction to Non-Profit Organizations
CSL 203, Organizing and Supervising Volunteers
CSL 204, Managing Change and Conflict in Communities
CSL 205, Communication within Communities
CSL 208, Essentials of Fundraising for Community Organizations
CSL 209, Essentials of Grant Writing for Community Organizations
CSL 290, Civic and Community Internship


Communication Skills for Managers (Four courses, 16 credits)
The fundamentals of oral and written communications are presented in this certificate program. Critical thinking is emphasized. Students learn to read, write, and speak more effectively both personally and professionally.

Business and Accounting Skills for Managers (Four courses, 16 credits)
Students gain a basic understanding of American businesses and how they work. A general overview of the functional areas in business as well as fundamental concepts of accounting, finance, and the use of computers to manage information is presented in the coursework.

Human Behavior Studies (Four courses, 16 credits)
An understanding of psychological, cultural, and social aspects of human behavior is developed in this program. The coursework explores how culture and intellect influence behavior and communication with others.

College Transition Program
The University of New Hampshire at Manchester’s College Transition Program (CTP) enables students to begin their University studies as candidates for the associate in arts degree while receiving an intensive, year-long (two semester) plan of academic support and study skill enhancement.

Students are identified as CTP-eligible during the standard admission application review process. CTP students are required to supplement their academic schedules with noncredit coursework to strengthen study skills.

Attendance at the New Student Orientation, mandatory testing and placement, and enrollment in the CTP support services and course work are required for all CTP students. After orientation, CTP students work closely with academic advisers to design appropriate course plans, establish performance goals, determine which learning support services are required, and monitor academic achievement.

Students who successfully complete two semesters of CTP may continue on to earn their associate degree through either full-time or part-time study.

College Transition Program for ESOL Students
The College Transition Program (CTP) for ESOL students is an innovative program designed to help students prepare for success in college and in life. Beginning in the fall semester, students join a learning community on the UNH Manchester campus. A combination of academic assessments and individual advising will guide students to appropriate courses in writing, reading, and mathematics.

The College Transition Program for ESOL students is a year-long program combining academic courses with a variety of activities and workshops designed to build the skills for success in college. Beyond academic courses, the program includes:

• orientation and on-going academic advising where students learn about college resources and how to successfully navigate the college environment;

• math and English assessments that help students choose classes to build on prior knowledge and prepare to achieve their goals;

• appropriate levels of ESOL classes when deemed appropriate;

• mentors who encourage students to explore their interests, develop skills, and prepare for their future;

• academic support seminars where students learn study skills and test taking techniques that will build confidence in the classroom and improve student success;

• student clubs and activities where students become part of the college community and develop organizational and leadership skills that will last a lifetime;

The College Transition Program for ESOL students is open to people with a high school diploma. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply before April 1, the priority deadline for the fall semester. Potential students and their families are encouraged to meet with an admissions counselor from the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions. Students will learn about the application process and how the program can help them achieve their goals.

For more information, please contact the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150 or e-mail

Application Deadlines
The UNH Manchester application deadline for the fall semester is June 15 and November 1 for the spring semester. For priority consideration for financial aid, the application deadline is March 1 for the following academic year.

For More Information
The UNH Manchester catalog is available online at To request a catalog or more specific information about UNH Manchester courses and degree programs, contact the Office of Admissions, University of New Hampshire at Manchester, University Center, 400 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH 03101, e-mail; phone (603) 641-4150; fax (603) 641-4125; TTY/TTD (603) 641-4308.